Breathing difficult in Delhi, air pollution reaches dangerous level

Due to the smoke generated due to burning stubble and firecrackers, air pollution reached dangerous levels in many places in the capital Delhi on Saturday evening.

On the occasion of Diwali in Delhi, the sale of firecrackers and burning of firecrackers was banned, but it was violated on Saturday evening and people burnt firecrackers till late night.

Air quality index reached a poor level in Delhi’s Anand Vihar, areas around IGI Airport, ITO and Lodhi Road.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee quoted news agency ANI as saying that at 11 pm on Saturday night, the amount of dangerous PM 2.5 particles in the air at Anand Vihar was measured at 481, while in the areas around IGI Airport the PM 2.5 level was 444. The PM2.5 level was 457 in ITO and 414 in Lodhi Road area.

At the same time, the quantity of PM 10 particle in the air in Anand Vihar was measured at 460, PM10 level was 382 in the area of ​​IGI Airport, 415 in ITO and 322 in Lodhi Road area.

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According to the news agency PTI, 32 percent contribution in reaching PM 2.5 in the Delhi air was due to the smoke generated by burning stubble. The firecrackers burnt due to Diwali made the situation worse.

The air quality index in Delhi was 454 around 10 pm on Saturday night.

After the celebration of Diwali on Saturday night, a thick layer of smoke was seen in many areas of the capital.

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Due to the smoke generated due to stubble burning in the areas adjacent to Delhi, the level of air pollution in Delhi was continuously falling. In such a situation, keeping in mind the corona epidemic, just before Diwali, the state government and the National Green prohibited the sale of firecrackers and burning of firecrackers here.

The sale of firecrackers and burning of firecrackers was banned in full or in part in Delhi, including West Bengal, Telangana and many more union territories.

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  • Wahid Bhat

    Wahid Bhat is an environmental journalist with a passion for covering climate change and environmental issues. He holds a degree in English Journalism (EJ) from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and has received Media Fellow for NFI India (National Foundation for India) and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Wahid's reporting has been published in a range of respected outlets including Earth Journalism, Global Village Space, The Quint, Youth Ki Awaaz, and Devdiscourse

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